The European Union and Sharek Youth Forum, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and Palestinian civil society organisations, joined Palestinians in Gaza to light Gaza seaport and fishing boats in orange to mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.
This activity comes under the joint campaign "Together Against Violence", a combined effort involving 67 national and international partners, including the EU, gathered in solidarity to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence which takes place worldwide each year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
"We are proud of our strong partnership with all international and local organisations taking part in this joint campaign to work together to combat all forms of violence against women and girls. The European Union and its Member States have chosen to be at the frontline of fighting gender-based violence in support of the national actors, and this year we reiterate our endless support to Palestinian women and girls," said EU Head of Cooperation Gerhard Krause at the occasion. "In Gaza, women and girls are subject to many forms of violence. Our voices should be louder and stronger to support Palestinian women in building a life free from fear and intimidation", he added.